I hope this final in a three part series on getting qualified for Medicaid benefits will help provide information and answer questions on whether there are legal asset transfers so Medicaid pays nursing home care.
legal to transfer assets to get Medicaid to pay for nursing home care.
Even though a nursing home resident may receive Medicaid while owning a home, if the resident is married he or she should transfer the home to the community spouse (assuming the nursing home resident is both willing and competent). This gives the community spouse control over the asset and allows the spouse to sell it after the nursing home spouse becomes eligible for Medicaid. In addition, the community spouse should change his or her will to bypass the nursing home spouse. Otherwise, at the community spouse’s death, the home and other assets of the community spouse will go to the nursing home spouse and have to be spent down.
While most transfers are penalized with a period of Medicaid ineligibility of up to five years, certain transfers are exempt from this penalty. Even after entering a nursing home, you may transfer any asset to the following individuals without having to wait out a period of Medicaid ineligibility:
- Your spouse (but this may not help you become eligible since the same limit on both spouse’s assets will apply)
- Your child who is blind or permanently disabled.
- Into trust for the sole benefit of anyone under age 65 and permanently disabled.
In addition, you may transfer your home to the following individuals (as well as to those listed above):
- Your child who is under age 21.
- Your child who has lived in your home for at least two years prior to your moving to a nursing home and who provided you with care that allowed you to stay at home during that time.
- A sibling who already has an equity interest in the house and who lived there for at least a year before you moved to a nursing home.
My firm has been helping Texas families for many years navigate the issues surrounding getting Medicaid benefits to pay for a family member’s nursing home care. We do not charge for the initial consultation so please contact me today if there are any questions you have about what needs to be done to get Medicaid benefits to help pay for nursing home care. The phone numbers to call are 1-866-KNOW.LAW (866-566-9529) (TOLL FREE) or 972-772-6100 or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope this last part of a three part series on getting qualified for Medicaid benefits will help provide information and answer questions on whether there are legal asset transfers so Medicaid pays nursing home care.
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